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Myra Breckinridge (1970)

At its core, Michael Sarne’s film is essentially a $5 million homoerotic gag, though it’s hard to say whether the joke was at the expense of Gore Vidal (who wrote the source novel), backers 20th Century Fox, or the audience.

myrabreckinridge0Courtesy of a sex change performed by Dr John Carradine, Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed) has transformed into Myra Breckinridge (Raquel Welch) and decided, for no particular reason, to teach “Cinema Love Making” at a phoney dramatic school run by his/her uncle.

Also around, for equally unfathomable reasons, is Mae West, who sings Hard To Handle and talks about establishing “a boy bank where credit is always good”.

Over the course of 94 agonising minutes, Welch beds Farrah Fawcett and straps on a dildo to sodomise one male lover, during which she comments, “My goal is the destruction of the last vestigial traces of traditional manhood from the race”.

Leticia Van Allen
Mae West
Buck Loner
John Huston
Myra Breckinridge
Raquel Welch
Mary Ann
Farrah Fawcett
Myron Breckinridge
Rex Reed
Doctor
John Carradine
Dr Randolph Spencer Montag
Roger C. Carmel
Rusty
Roger Herren
Charlie Flager Jr.
George Furth
Charlie Flager Sr
Robert P. Lieb
Irving Amadeus
Calvin Lockhart
Coyote Bill
Andy Devine
Kid Barlow
Grady Sutton
Chance
Skip Ward
Bobby Dean Loner
Kathleen Freeman
Tex
B.S. Pully
Jeff
Buck Kartalian
Vince
Monte Landis

Director
Mike Sarne